Reading Visual Culture
Deadline for applications: October, 3, 2017
Selection results shall be announced on October, 10, 2017
Applications are welcome from undergraduate students (Bachelor’s and Master’s level), post-graduates, and junior research fellows. The students of history and art history, culture and visual studies especially encouraged to apply. Participation in the seminar is also open for young practitioners interested in wildly understood visual culture (or just in one of its areas), who wants to develop one’s skills to analyze visual, media images of different kinds.
duration – October, 16 - November, 17
Study schedule – Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.00-5.30 p.m
Venue – Center for Urban History (6, Bohomoltsia str.) Library
Study format – seminar-workshop
Working language – English
Short course description:
The aim of the course is to get to know how to analyze examples of visual culture, including: fiction films and documentaries, video, photography. Both contemporary and historical materials will be studied, together with theoretical texts and publications (from the area of film and media studies, anthropology, cultural studies and history.
Although images are mostly seen, if you want to really know them and understand them really well, you must not only "see" them but also "read" them, that means to analyze them as a complex message/ text.
That is why at our course we will firstly discuss some terms and categories, that would help us to read images such as: composition, convention, genres, and narration, memory, representation.
Analyzing images, we will be interested in searching for contexts of their production, places of display, and ways of collecting them. That is why we will talk about archiving (and digitalization), getting to know how connect archival images with facts, places and people in certain realities. So, we will discuss various ways of interpretation to discover histories and narrations hidden in films and photographs, that could not be always seen for the first sight.
course would be a kind of seminar and workshop at the same time, including
parts of lectures, analysis of written texts, theoretical and historical ones,
as well as discussions and group interpretations of analyzed issues and images.
Students will get to know what is the difference between analysis and interpretation of visual culture, and what methods can be used to “read” different kinds of images. Each student will be provided with knowledge and tools necessary to create one’s own methodology of “looking at” images. All texts and materials will be differentiate in such a way that everyone will be able to find ideas and images corresponding with one’s own interests, experiences, studies or work. Altogether and individually we will be practice:
- how to analyze a particular image in terms of medium, historical and cultural context;
- how to recognize and describe aesthetics of images, and the position (role) of an author of an image;
- how to do research on visual culture depending on the source of images (home collections, museums, digital archives, media);
- how to create narrations of images and about images.
There will be an individual work on one’s own projects (written or visual), based on students’ own research and materials from the collection of the Centre (digital archives and books) and from other sources.
Requirements for course applications:
- Motivation letter (up to 3 000 signs to explain why the course is important for you)
Please, send applications to the address of the academic coordinator Maryana Mazurak at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please, note in the subject field "CFA Reading Visual Culture". Feel free to ask for more details on the course at this email.
Photography from a multimedia exhibition of Polish artist Izabela Gustowska in Poznań 2015 (author: Małgorzata Radkiewicz)